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Aurora Medical Center Celebrates "Surviving with Style"

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

KENOSHA, Wis., -- Cancer survivors show their strength in style by modeling fashions from local stores. Sandy Busch, a participant in last year’s event was very excited about being a model.

“It is nice to see other survivors, and it’s a very enjoyable time,” she said.

Aurora Medical Center presents its second annual “Surviving with Style” event. The fashion show features cancer survivors as models and celebrating those who have fought the battle with cancer and won.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m., Saturday, September 13, at Best Western Harborside Inn, 5125 6th Ave. Kenosha. Silent auction, food and refreshments are also included in the event. Tickets are $60 per person. Proceeds from the event will benefit cancer patients at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha.

Deni Kraabel, manager of radiation oncology at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora Medical Center, said there are 17 models this year and all of them are cancer survivors, for some of them this is their second year as a model in this event.

“It is our sincere joy, honor, and privilege to be able to partner with our friends in the Kenosha community to bring Surviving with Style to life,” she said. “It has been our dream as clinicians to share the positive, inspirational success of our cancer survivors. We are reminded of how precious life truly is, and we are inspired by our patients everyday. We are so proud of the models who let us hear their stories, see them model on the catwalk, and share in their journey.”

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora Medical Center addresses cancer on many fronts including education, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and support. The clinic is blessed with highly trained and dedicated oncology professionals who are committed to helping people live full, productive lives. Services available include mammography, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and hospice service.

Laverne Schmidt, philanthropy director, Aurora Health Care, said the event is inspirational, uplifting, and fun.

“We were delighted with last year's turn-out to the first annual Surviving with Style Event. So many guests expressed how touched they were to see cancer survivors raising funds for the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic. With all the interest expressed, we expect an even bigger event this year,” she said.

She added, “Cancer is a topic that Kenosha embraces. When you have to make so many trips for your treatments, convenience of care close to home is no small issue, and knowing that the care you receive, right here, is considered top notch by the Commission on Cancer. It doesn't get better than that.”

Those interested in general cancer information and educational materials can visit www.AuroraHealthCare.org.

For more information or to reserve your tickets, please call the foundation office at (262) 767-6572.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Marie Daniel (262-767-6264)

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